Sacramento’s California Museum Goes to the Movies
By Chris Narloch, Outward
May 11, 2017
If you’ve never been to the California Museum, the last two weeks in May of this year would be the perfect time to check out three terrific exhibits there, all on display during that time frame.
Those installations include an exciting new exhibit that highlights the history of émigrés
in the American film industry; a fascinating survey of Sacramento’s historic former Japantown; and an important holdover from Black History Month that celebrates the 50th
Anniversary of the California Legislative Black Caucus. \
Light & Noir
Organized by the Skirball Cultural Center in association with the Academy of Motion
Picture Arts and Sciences, Light & Noir: Exiles & Émigrés in Hollywood, 1933-1950,
highlights the history of émigrés who fled Europe as refugees of Nazi persecution and their legacy in American cinema and culture through achievements in the film noir genre
and classic movies such as Casablanca, Double Indemnity, Mildred Pierce, Sunset
Boulevard and more.
Highlights include posters, costumes and concept drawings, scripts, musical scores,
lobby cards and props from the set of Rick’s Café in Casablanca, storyboards and set
drawings from The Killers starring Burt Lancaster & Ava Gardner, dresses worn by
Marlene Dietrich in A Foreign Affair and Joan Crawford in Mildred Pierce, and the
Oscar won by acclaimed director Billy Wilder for Sunset Boulevard.
Light & Noir: Exiles & Émigrés in Hollywood, 1933-1950 exhibits from May 16 – Oct. 15, 2017.
Kokoro: The Story of Sacramento’s Lost Japantown is an exhibit surveying the
experience of local Japanese Americans in the early 20th century.
Featuring rare family photographs drawn from the personal collections of community
members never before publicly displayed, the exhibit documents the memories at the
heart of a once-thriving downtown community devastated first by forced removal during WWII and again by redevelopment in the 1950s.
Developed in partnership with former residents of Sacramento’s Japantown,
author of Sacramento’s Historic Japantown: Legacy of a Lost Neighborhood Kevin Wildie and others, the exhibit commemorates the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, the
presidential decree that led to the unconstitutional incarceration of 120,000
Kokoro continues through May 28, 2017.
This exhibit highlights California’s place at the forefront of African American political participation. Highlights include photographs, art, artifacts and ephemera chronicling the
Caucus’ notable members, activities and accomplishments, and its leadership role in the state’s civil rights history.
The Legacy Continues: The California Legislative Black Caucus At 50 is on display through June 11, 2017.
For more information about these and other exhibits, visit www.californiamuseum.org.